Feeding Parrots: The Value of Complete Protein

Our Original Sprouting Blend with mixed vegetables, rich in beta carotene - the vitamin A precursor. No need to add vitamin A or D3 supplements to this meal.

Our Original Sprouting Blend with mixed vegetables, rich in beta carotene - the vitamin A precursor. No need to add vitamin A or D3 supplements to this meal.

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Among many parrot related websites I often see photos and ingredient lists of the foods these people feed and recommend feeding parrots.  Although the pictures are colorful and the ingredients are basic – some type of cooked grain (rice, quinoa or couscous) along with some steamed vegetables (sweet potatoes, yams, carrots, peas or corn) with dry seeds mixed in and some type of herbs or other nutritional foods.

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In just a glance I recognize the signs of dietary malnutrition.  If foods fed to parrots and other birds do not contain sources of complete protein from plant-based sources this means that the diet being fed lacks certain key nutritional elements that are vital to the health and well-being of these birds.

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Proteins are essential to life.  Every living organism is composed of protein.  Proteins are the primary building blocks for muscles, blood, skin, feathers, nails and vital internal organs. They are also essential for proper growth and development and fuel the body’s ability to form and regulate hormones, enzymes and antibodies.  Proteins are responsible for every life sustaining biochemical process in the body.   However, too much protein from the wrong sources can also cause problems.

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If the good health and well being of the birds under your care is important to you, then ensuring that your birds receive complete protein plant based meals daily is the first most important action you can take in behalf of their welfare.   A more detailed discussion of providing parrots and other birds complete protein can be found in the first chapter of my book,  “The Complete Guide to Successful Sprouting for Parrots”.

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In my work with parrots and all birds I use diet and nutrition for maintaining their good health and for reversing the symptoms of illness and disease. The foundation of my diet and nutritional plans are my complete protein sprouting blends. I created them because nothing comparable is available, and I want others – including you – to begin receiving the good results my clients witness and that I see with the birds under my care.

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3 Responses to “Feeding Parrots: The Value of Complete Protein”

  1. Melissa says:

    Hi,
    I have a question. I do understand the value of complete protein, and I do feed my parrots sprouts. How can you be certain that your parrot is actually eating the combination of sprouts that give the whole protein? What if your parrot picks out the rice, for example?

    Thanks in advance for any information.
    Melissa

  2. Hi Melissa,
    Great question,thanks for asking it.

    By understanding the value of your birds eating complete protein, you are way ahead of a majority of people.

    The best way to ensure your birds are receiving complete protein, is to only feed an amount of our sprouting blends that they will actually eat. You can start with with feeding just a spoonful of our sprouts, then observe how long it takes for your birds to empty their food bowls.

    So many people give a single bird so much food, that the bird only picks out the favorite foods. But by serving only the amount that your bird will eat for that meal, you will be training them to eat all their sprouts – thereby receiving complete protein.

    I hope this helps,

    Enjoy sprouting,

    In Health & Healing for parrots everywhere,

    Leslie Moran

  3. Melissa says:

    Hi Leslie,
    That’s good to know!

    I’m one of those who is probably feeding too many sprouts at one time, then.

    Thanks for the great information and help!
    Melissa

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